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Hand-made, Fresh and Balanced Hot Lunch plus Healthy Snacks

The lunchtime experience at Anneliese Schools is special.  We provide a healthy, hot lunch for every child, depending on your child's daily schedule.       It is essential for children to have a nutritionally balanced diet for healthy growth and development.  All our food is hand-made on campus, from fresh produce and ingredients. The menu is carefully and lovingly created to reflect the change in seasons and the vibrant array of delicious foods from around the world, such as home-made pesto, curries, enchiladas, international salads. It is not uncommon for our students and staff to harvest food for lunch from the school’s learning gardens.

We are committed to protecting the earth’s ecosystems, and offering the best possible nutrients to our children, without pesticides. At all three campuses, the produce we use in our lunch and snack program is frequently organic, and locally grown, selected based on seasonality. Our menus are designed to include items from each of the four basic food groups. Although our menu is primarily vegetarian, we occasionally serve humanely-raised and organic meat.  These menus are posted monthly at all school campuses, and can also be found by clicking here or under the Anneliese Community web site section.

Food choices are built into the daily menu. For example, children can choose whether they wish to have sauce on their pasta, or meat in their sandwiches. We serve small portions so that food is not wasted, and invite children to have a second serving if they wish. We encourage children to try each dish.  Drinks are provided with a hot lunch. Often this is homemade agave-nectar lemonade, or herbal fruit teas. A variety of mid-day snacks and drinks are also given.

Lunch is a time when children share a warm, home-cooked meal, eat cooperatively together, and use both their manners and foreign language skills. We say a non-religious blessing in a foreign language, and recognize our gratitude for those who have prepared the meal for us.  Children participate in both the set-up and clean-up of the meal, and learn to take responsibility for the cleanliness of their areas.

Manzanita & Aliso Campuses:
Except for legitimate and documented allergies, students are not allowed to bring their own food to school.  Children help to serve themselves and are encouraged to eat what they select from the variety of foods that are provided.

Willowbrook Campus:
Nursery – Grade 3: Except for legitimate and documented allergies, students are not allowed to bring their own food to school. Food is served family style and children are encouraged to eat what they select from the variety of foods that are offered.

Grade 3 and above: If absolutely necessary, children are allowed to
bring lunch to school, providing that it is healthy, and brought in re-usable containers. Food is served family style and children are encouraged to eat what they select from the variety of foods that are offered.

Bringing Snacks to School
We value your child’s health, and put care into providing two to three nutritious home-made snacks each day. We prefer that your child does not bring snacks to school because we want him to eat a hearty lunch. However, if your child needs to bring a snack to school, we require that it be healthy.  Examples of acceptable snacks are: fruit, vegetables, whole-grain bagels, fruit juices, whole grain crackers, cheese sticks and pretzels.  We do not permit children to eat snacks that are high in artificial sugars, or are highly processed, such as chips or cookies.

Candy/Frosting
Healthy, nutritious food is important to feed children’s developing minds and bodies. Store-bought candy and frosting are not part of our meal program, and do not belong at school for any reason, either on cupcakes, cakes, or other treats.  Please make sure that you do not send your child to school with store-bought or artificially flavored candy or any frosted treat.